Good Morning everyone and HAPPY FRIDAY !
This week has brought so much to talk about, I can hardly contain myself. However, as opposed to dwelling on the corruption, dishonest behavior and outright lies, we have once again witnessed from our politicians and the media, I choose to bring you some good news.
Inside this weeks catalog, you will find a host of our best selling firearms, from companies like: Henry, Noreen, Century Arms, and Inland Manufacturing. I have added a section highlighting the latest designs from our custom firearm shop. This is just a bit of a tease, for what is coming in the very near future, I hope you will like what you see! Check out the Marc Arms catalog.
I have also included some information on a company I recently learned about, called John's Crazy Socks. This is an uplifting story about a young man with Downs Syndrome and how he turned his love of crazy socks into a business. Check his company out, It made me smile and I think it will make you smile too.
This weeks article, entitled The Buffalo Soldiers, features a tribute to a proud and honorable group of men and women, who unselfishly served our country, while at the same time enduring prejudice and hardship of an untold nature. They were nicknamed "Buffalo Soldiers" not as a term of derision, but rather, as a tribute to their unbending will and bravery. I hope you enjoy the essay as much as I enjoyed writing it for you.
As always, thank you so much for allowing me into your lives. You are a blessing to Marc Arms, my family and to me personally. Please be safe as you go about your lives and if you should run into some of our Vets or active military personal, be sure to thank them for their service to our country.....Marc
The Buffalo Soldiers
Syndicated by: Montana News
By: Marc Kelley
African American's and their military service to our country dates back to the Revolutionary War. From the onset of the fight for US Independence, Black soldiers fought along side of their White counterparts as part of many Northern Militia units, but were not allowed to formally join US Military units.
However, in January 1776, Washington lifted the ban on black enlistment into the Continental Army and Black units were formed in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. A look back at the history of the United States and the service of African Americans in our military, will reveal a great many facts, which are sadly known only, to those who have dedicated the time and studied our history. This is the story of how African American soldiers, willingly sacrificed to defend our county from its very beginning.
For over 100 years, the British Empire engaged in a policy of colonization through out much of the world. In the early 1760's, The British Empire began imposing more and more taxes upon their North American Colonies, in an attempt to refill their coffers which had been depleted by the costs of waging of the Seven Years War, what we in the US call the French and Indian War.
As taxes increased, the American Colonists became more and more resistant to paying these taxes. In an attempt to quell the resistance, Britain sent some 4,000 troops to Boston, which had become a hotbed of unrest for those pesky dissidents, we now call Patriots. On March 5, 1770, a group of colonists gathered outside The Old Statehouse in Boston, which served as British headquarters for command and control of the American colonies.
Most of us are familiar with the story of how a young boy began harassing a British sentry, claiming he had not paid the barber who had cut his hair earlier in the day. As attention to this spectacle increased, a group of colonists began throwing snowballs at the British soldiers. The situation escalated when another group of colonists armed with sticks, approached the line of British soldiers. Tensions reached their breaking point when a British Soldier was struck with a piece of wood and a hail of musket fire from the British line resulted.
Killed in what we now call the Boston Massacre, were five colonists. History identifies the first person to be killed that fateful day in Boston, was a longshoreman, by the name of Crispus Attucks. Ironically, the first person to die defending the country he loved was none other than the bi-racial son, born to his slave mother.
For the next 100 years African American's would be largely prevented from fighting in our military; however, this was all about to change, as the United States began our second defense of liberty, in the war we now know as, the US Civil War. The subjects of emancipation and military service for African Americans were tightly intertwined in the 1860's. On July 17, 1862, Congress passed the Second Confiscation and Militia Act, freeing the slaves who were held by combatants in the Confederate Army.
This legislation paved the road for African American's to enlist in the Union Army. Enlistment was slow until the outspoken abolitionist, Fredrick Douglass issued a plea for Black men to enlist in the Army, as a means for ensuring eventual citizenship in the US. By May 1863, thanks in great part to the efforts of Fredrick Douglass, the US Government established "The Bureau of Colored Troops", to oversee the upsurge in African American soldiers.
Even though they were allowed to fight for their country, the African American soldiers continued to face discriminatory treatment from their own Government.
Soldiers in the Union Army were paid $ 10.00 per month; however, Black soldiers, were charged $ 3.00 per month for their clothing, thereby reducing their wages to only $ 7.00 per month.
Thankfully and justly so, in June 1864, Congress acted to pass legislation for equal pay, rations, supplies and medical care, for all US Troops and made this requirement retroactive.
This act in and of itself teaches us, even in times of deep division and ideological differences, politicians are capable of doing the right thing, if they will only act.
On September 21, 1866, the 10th Calvary Unit of the United States was formed in Fort Riley, Kansas. This all Black Calvary unit would become known as the Buffalo Soldiers. The origination of their name continues to be up for discussion amongst historians.
Many believe, this name was given to the 10th Calvary by Native American Warriors, against whom they fought. Because of their dark faces and curly black hair, the men of the 10th Calvary reminded the warriors of the buffalo, they so revered. Still others believe, while it was in fact Native American warriors who first coined the name, it was given to the soldiers for their bravery and toughness in battle. Regardless of which story you choose to embrace, the truth is clear, the name Buffalo Soldier is not a term of derision, but rather a term of respect, given to a worthy adversary.
Historically, Buffalo Soldiers have held the lowest rate of desertion and court-martial since their inception. Many Buffalo Soldiers have won the Congressional Medal of Honor for Bravery and Valor. As of June 2015, there have been 3,470 Congressional Medals of Honor awarded to US servicemen and women. Eighty-nine of these Congressional Medals, were given to Buffalo Soldiers.
The Buffalo Soldiers have continued to serve our country with distinction in every conflict since the Civil War. Today, a division of the 10th Calvary is assigned to the 3rd Armor Brigade Combat Team and is stationed at Ft. Carson, Colorado. Many monuments have been erected to these brave men and women, both for their service to our country and for their personal sacrifices.
The stories of the Buffalo Soldiers should remind us all, we are a flawed people, but we can, and we do, overcome our flaws.
It is time for everyone to stop and consider the fact, we are all Americans, regardless of the color of our skin, where we choose to worship or the political ideology we embrace.
So many Americans have willingly sacrificed their all, for the love of our country. To those who fail to recognize and honor our Veterans, because they hate our President, more than they love our country, I will continue to write about our history.
It is our history, which makes us a great nation. On May 28th, we will officially begin the summer season. Traditionally, our Flag is to be flown at half staff, from dawn until noon, in recognition of our lost Veterans. Sadly, Memorial Day has become less of an occasion of remembrance and more of a day off to celebrate. Summer. BBQ's and sporting events now take center stage and for the fashion conscious few, it is the day it becomes social acceptable, to once again, wear white shoes.